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‘Letter Never Sent’: An Elegiac Survival Tale with Marvelous Visual Style

By Arun Kumar
Even though Kalatozov’s adventure drama, Letter Never Sent (‘Neotpravlennoye pismo’, 1960), gained only sparse international acclaim, it is nevertheless an extraordinary work whose ebullient, kinetic imagery broadened the reach of its thin, simple story.

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David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks Season 3’

By MK Raghavendra
David Lynch is a difficult film-maker to write about if one wants to make any kind of rational sense of his work. It is not too difficult reviewing his films since reviewing is usually appreciation that does not commit itself to decipherment, but I don’t believe there has been much writing from film scholars which tells you what his films might mean to the spectators for whom they are meant.

Satyajit Ray’s ‘Devi’: A potent work of cinematic art

By Prithvijeet Sinha
Devi is an eye-opening, sensuously potent, sometimes harrowing, and ever so unconventional film. It sidesteps mawkish sentimentality to conjure up the ways of the mind, hitting hard at our deepest fears. At a time when alleged ritual killings in Delhi and Kerala have claimed lives, it’s a potent work to understanding our contemporary pathology.

Sam Peckinpah’s ‘Pat Garett and Billy the Kid’: The times maybe a changin’, but not me…

By Vivaan Shah
The images from Sam Peckinpah’s films seem to bubble and swell out of the filmmaker’s subconscious – what Freud called ‘the dream state’. Time and again he abandons chronological continuity and traditional film grammar in favour of the figurative. He has non-linear sequences instead of non-linear narratives, and deconstructs the very medium of cinema itself in an aggressively proto-Godardian fashion.

Padman: A Visual Therapy for De-Schooling Menstruation

By Aamir Qayoom
Little did one expect that the film Padman will take the issue as visual therapy to recondition mental geographies of people about menstruation taboos! Little did we prognosticate that it will take menstruation away from whispers, and promote thinking to stay free from wry smiles of awkwardness!

Supriya Devi (1933-2018): The Legend of Bengali Cinema

By Rimli Bhattacharya
In 1960, she featured in Ritwik Ghatak’s iconic movie, Meghe Dhaka Tara (The Cloud Capped Star), where she plays the heart tugging role of Neeta, the sole earning member of an uprooted refugee family during the Partition of India. As she is admitted to a sanatorium because of consumption, she tells her jobless elder brother, who dreams to be a singer and with whom she shares a unique bond, that she wants to live. This movie was based on an eponymous Bengali novel by Shaktipada Rajguru.

Films: Four Reviews

By Prashila Naik
I like films that feel real, with real people, with real conflicts, and real imagery. This is probably why I have always been fascinated with the Art/Non-commercial films in India. Shorn of gloss and star power, it is these movies that have defined many of my most memorable movie moments over the years. What also adds to this magic is the potent melting pot that India is, with its multitude of languages and mini-cultures.